LAST month Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley took a break from race riding after breaking his nose in a fall at Kempton, when fellow jockey Freddy Tylicki was paralysed from the waist downwards. He decided to get back in the saddle on his children’s ponies before riding thoroughbreds again, giving him a chance to recover fully from the accident and be as fit as possible on his return.
Meanwhile he was awarded the role of being Sheikh Hamdan’s number one jockey. He told reporters that he was delighted to be given the job, which would mean riding out and getting to know Sheikh Hamdan’s horses at different racing stables.
Now he is looking forward to riding out at different stables, with riding for Sheikh Hamdan his priority. He does not think being a retained rider will hamper his hope of retaining the Champion Jockey title for another year in 2017.
He said:”I’m absolutely delighted to take on the role. It’s going to be a bit different because I’ll be riding out for lots of different stables but hopefully I’ll be getting on some really nice horses.”
“Last year, I didn’t think about the championship until after Glorious Goodwood, so it will be much the same this year. We’ll get Glorious Goodwood out of the way and see where we are and if we’re close enough, we’ll give it a go,”he told reporters when his new appointment was announced.
In 2015, he finished the year with 118 turf and all weather winners combined. These included ten major races, riding for seven different trainers, with the most valuable being the Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes Group One, worth £344,513, with Madame Chiang, trained by David Simcox. He also rode Glass Office for the same trainer to win the Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes ( Group 2) worth more than £62,000.
As the end of this year approaches his tallies for 2016 are impressive. He had ridden184 winners by the middle of December with two weeks still to go to the end of the year, and his total prize money this year at that point was £1,883,054 compared to £1,680,609 at the end of 2015.